(v) gain , advance, win , pull ahead , make headway , get ahead , gain ground (obtain advantages, such as points, etc.) "The home team was gaining ground"; "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference"
(v) advance (develop further) "We are advancing technology every day"
(v) promote , upgrade , advance, kick upstairs , raise , elevate (give a promotion to or assign to a higher position) "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
(v) advance (pay in advance) "Can you advance me some money?"
(v) advance, set ahead (move forward) "we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward"
(v) advance, gain (rise in rate or price) "The stock market gained 24 points today"
(adj) advance, beforehand (being ahead of time or need) "gave advance warning"; "was beforehand with her report"
(adj) advance, advanced , in advance (situated ahead or going before) "an advance party"; "at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies"